Chelsea Clinton’s not the only political person courting the gays.
Fearing a loss in his city’s forthcoming election, London mayor Ken Livingstone took a jaunt around the gay ghettos to spread some good will – and get good press. We’re not sure it worked…
Journalist AA Gill tagged along despite not being invited, and he reports the reception for Livingstone wasn’t so warm:
His press officer Victoria (the one who wouldnâ€™t return any e-mails or calls) and his agent (ditto) are now both immensely attentive and charming, telling me how pleased they are I could come and how theyâ€™d love it if I could join them at a private party in Heaven. (The office has been trying to get access to this do on my behalf for a week with no joy; it kept being told that it was a â€œstrictly private partyâ€.)
We pause reverently outside the Admiral Duncan pub (it was nail-bombed in 1999 by a neo-Nazi, three people died and 70 were wounded) and then we troop off.
The reaction to Ken in the street is muted. After-office drinkers look up without interest, occasionally someone yells. Itâ€™s difficult to tell if theyâ€™re being encouraging or ironic. There are plenty of shouts of â€œwankerâ€.
Well that’s rude. But, of course, it could have been worse. They could have called him a Tory!
Gill also included this remark about Livinstone’s efforts: “‘Where are we going?’ asks Ken. ‘Weâ€™re going in circles.’ And when he thinks no oneâ€™s listening, he mutters: ‘Itâ€™s a bit like this campaign.’”